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Old 06-09-2019, 11:53 AM   #1
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1st time towing our new Grey wolf alone

hey hey! HELP-im a newbie. I am buying my mothers 2018 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29te. Its 36.5 in length. We bought a 5.7 Toyota Tundra for pulling. Heres my question....The rv is in the Keys and I am druvung from Austin, TX to pick it up...ALONE. I will be driving it back 1600 miles with me myself and i. I am a confident driver and have driven big uhauls and stuff across the country but im sure i could use some solid advice. I got this right? Any advice, tips majorly appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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Good luck and drive slow...that is a bunch of trailer for that truck.
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:08 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. I assume you have a WDH with sway control if not get one. Keep the speed below 65 and if it gets windy (like it does in that country) pull in somewhere and camp. check the tire pressure before you start out each day fill to the max sidewall pressure. Good luck
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:30 PM   #4
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Good luck and drive slow...that is a bunch of trailer for that truck.
X2 on needing a more heavy duty truck. Also WDH would be a must for me.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:03 PM   #5
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I wouldn't drive that trailer 1 block without a WDH. Make sure you get one and set up properly. Even dry, that trailer will drop 850 lbs on the hitch. I'd bet that the Tundra's hitch is rated to only 500 lbs without a WDH.

Driving it empty and alone will probably be OK, with a proper WDH, of course.

Not sure what the TV payload is, but the loaded trailer will be putting ~1,000 lbs on the truck. Most 1/2 tons are going to struggle with this kind of load, after adding in passengers, hitches, and other gear. That's a quad-bunk floorplan, so I'm guessing a wife and at least 3 kids?

Filling it up with camping gear and adding the family will not work safely with that Tundra. It will take a specially outfitted 1/2 ton to be able to tow it all and be within specifications (e.g., F-150 3.5 EB Max Tow HDPP).
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:21 PM   #6
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I suggest you do internet searches on how to properly adjust the wdh. That combination of tv and to makes the setup critical.
Ps you’ll need some good wrenches to do it.
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Also be sure you've got a trailer brake controller in the Tundra and that the trailer brakes work properly. If you need to stop fast you'll want the camler to stop itself. Otherwise it will push you somewhere you dont want to go.
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If you do not have towing mirrors, get them now. You will need to be aware of larger vehicles coming up on your left and then plant your right front tire on the white line in your lane. That will give you the best advantage on not getting sucked in by trucks. I cruise at 60-62 to get best mileage and everyone else can go around. Get gas at truck stops so to have plenty of room being you are 55 ft
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hey hey! HELP-im a newbie. I am buying my mothers 2018 Cherokee Grey Wolf 29te. Its 36.5 in length. We bought a 5.7 Toyota Tundra for pulling. Heres my question....The rv is in the Keys and I am druvung from Austin, TX to pick it up...ALONE. I will be driving it back 1600 miles with me myself and i. I am a confident driver and have driven big uhauls and stuff across the country but im sure i could use some solid advice. I got this right? Any advice, tips majorly appreciated.
You likely need a WDH. Unless you have experience setting up a WDH I'd try to make an appt at a nearby RV dealer to set up the WDH. There are a lot of RV places in Florida. I'd also think about staying over at your mother's the first night to make sure its set up right, including the brakes.
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When I travel across country, I reserve pull-through sites in KOAs. Makes it easy to stop for the night and I don't have to unhitch.
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